Nov 252009

This story from Tech Dirt today shows just how wrong the SGAE (the Spanish Association of Authors and Editors) can get as far the Knowledge Society is concerned – and ought to act as a warning shot across the bows for what would appear to be an evermore digitally illiterate British government:

We were just talking about how the justice system in Spain seems at least somewhat more reasonable on the subject of file sharing, and here’s yet another example. A court has overturned injunctions on two file sharing sites and fined the anti-piracy group that brought charges against them in the first place for “acting in bad faith.” The case was dismissed because the court realized (yet again) that linking to infringing material is not infringing itself. But, the “bad faith” part involved the anti-piracy group, SGAE, tricking the operator of the sites into believing that two SGAE employees were representatives of the court and had the right to search his home and confiscate computer hard drives. We’ve seen such things allowed elsewhere, so it’s nice that the Spanish courts are letting private anti-piracy groups know that they are not law enforcement.

In the meantime, the Google Wave wavelet on the subject of “The Knowledge Society in Britain” that I’ve set up is beginning to build up links and conversations. All points of view are welcome – the wider the opinions, the better if truth be told. If you’d like to join us, please email me at so I can add you as a contact and participant. If you don’t have a Wave invite as yet, please provide me with an email address to send the invite to.

Other people I’ve had the honour to invite have received their invitations within 48 hours of me sending the request in – so it looks like Google is sticking those stamps on their virtual envelopes rather more efficiently than at first was the case.